The GrowCFO Competency Framework

The GrowCFO Competency Framework is your answer to elevate your skillset and effectively execute against the changing role of the CFO. This first of its kind free assessment tool will help you benchmark yourself against your finance leader peer group across nine CFO competencies and 45 skill sets.

You will then receive a tailored benchmarking report which clearly highlights your priority focus areas to operate as an effective CFO. You will also be sent a free 120-page eBook to further enhance your skills and personalized recommendations to help address your three biggest skills gaps.

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Foundation Skills

Your finance leader foundation skills are key requirements within your role and support all of your other activities. Most CFOs will have been constantly developing these skills during their career to date, although these are continually evolving and the majority of finance leaders still have various gaps to address.

Foundation skills are broken down into three key competencies:

  1. Governance and Control
  2. Operational Driver
  3. Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A)

Implementation Skills

Your finance leader implementation skills are essential for helping you to deliver the business plan. These activities require you to work closely with the wider business, combining hard skills and soft skills with a powerful effect. This is where you will also be creating lots of value across your company.

Implementation skills are broken down into three key competencies:

  1. Strategic Business Partner
  2. Catalyst for Change
  3. Fundraising and M&A

Impact Skills

Your impact skills play a hugely significant role in the effectiveness of your day-to-day activities. These contain many of the essential skills that will make you stand out as a high-quality CFO. These can often be the hardest to master and will help you to maximise the value that you create across your company.

Impact skills are broken down into three key competencies:

  1. Leadership
  2. Commercial Mindset
  3. Soft Skills

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Competency Modules

7 Topics

Catalyst for Change
The role of the CFO is constantly evolving as businesses strive to stay ahead of the competition, and CFOs play a vital role in shaping strategy, driving innovation, and ensuring financial sustainability.

6 Topics

Commercial Mindset
There are many things to consider when trying to develop a strong commercial mindset, and it's crucial to continually hone your financial acumen, strategic thinking, and ability to adapt to market dynamics.

6 Topics

Financial Planning & Analysis
A key role of the finance function is to deliver value-added insights to the rest of the organization, helping guide strategic decisions and optimize resource allocation for sustainable growth.

6 Topics

Fundraising and M&A
Most companies encounter significant fundraising, acquisition, and shareholder engagement challenges, requiring finance professionals to excel in strategic negotiation, due diligence, and integration processes to ensure successful outcomes.

6 Topics

Governance and Control
Governance is an important aspect of any company, regardless of its size or industry, as it provides a framework for decision-making, risk management, and ethical standards to ensure long-term success and stakeholder trust.

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Finance leaders are responsible for developing a well-rounded finance team, fostering a culture of collaboration, and driving organizational excellence through effective leadership, inspiring others to achieve both financial and strategic objectives.

6 Topics

Operational Driver
Modern-day CFOs are taking on ever-increasing operational responsibilities, actively participating in cross-functional teams, streamlining processes, and leveraging technology to enhance efficiency, ultimately contributing to the company's agility and profitability.

6 Topics

Soft Skills
Soft Skills. Soft skills are the personal qualities that help you interact effectively with others, including communication, emotional intelligence, and adaptability, which are essential for building strong relationships, leading teams, and navigating complex business dynamics.

6 Topics

Strategic Business Partner
Today, CFOs are expected to be strategic business partners to your CEO, executive team, and stakeholders, collaborating closely to align financial strategies with overall business objectives, drive growth, and make informed decisions that shape the company's future success.

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